Play of Life practitioners arriving in Albury/Wodonga soon to continue their support new settlers.
Melanie Raimundo will be visiting Albury/Wodonga with her colleague and Play of Life trainer Stephanie to reconnect with students of the Play of Life. This will be a time to check-in with how the students have gone with practicing thePlay of Life techniques, practice with them, help them with any challenges they are facing with the method and answer any questions they may have. Melanie and Stephanie will also be meeting with Sanctuary Management Committee members, Penny Vine and Colin Alcock to find ways to further support them and fast-track their accreditation as Play of Life practitioners.
In late 2018 the Rotary Club of Albury Foundation generously awarded Sanctuary a $12,460 grant to help address a need we had identified among new settlers in our region.
It’s critical the new settlers adjust to life in a regional Australian community as soon as possible having fled as refugees from homelands experiencing conflict. New settlers from Bhutan, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo attended the workshop.
On a board, small figurines and necessary props are used to depict a person’s reality. Simply, the stage is set to visually express thoughts and feelings pertaining to relational issues. Step by step, presenting undesired circumstances are defined, and possibilities for desired change are realised. Positive action is required to manifest these changes and then to maintain the new reality.
The Play of Life is a practical tool for determining the right relationships that enrich our lives. It uses Relationship Mapping to facilitate a quick understanding of situations beyond words, and discovers healthy alternatives for dealing with issues and achieving desired outcomes.
The funding from the Rotary Club of Albury Foundation covered the costs of introducing 10 new settlers to the Play of Life technique, including kits with small stages and model figures used to represent situations participants were facing in their lives.
The participants enjoyed and benefitted from their exposure to this simple technique for identifying and addressing relationship issues in their lives. They felt the technique would be beneficial for their community and for tackling the issues of settling into a new and very different county following a degree of trauma escaping from their homeland, transiting through refugee camps and arriving in a new western country.